The inaugural session of the newly appointed Program and Scientific Council of the National Film Archive and Audiovisual Institute took place on June 19, 2018.
As consultative and advisory body to the FINA, the role of the Council is to opine on the strategies providing the framework for the institution’s key programs, assess their implementation, evaluate the effectiveness of FINA’s main efforts as well as make recommendations on all matters related to FINA operations.
On the recommendation of the FINA executive director, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage appointed ten experts on matters falling within the scope of the institution’s operations to sit on the Council. The chosen experts included Professor Tadeusz Lubelski, Professor Marek Niezgódka, Dr. Barbara Gierszewska, Associate Proefessor at JKU, Michal Bregant, Thomas C. Christensen, Marianna Otmianowska, Piotr Legutko, Karol Kościński, Jarosław Sokół, and Przemysław Dakowicz.
At the inaugural session of the Council, the members appointed Tadeusz Lubelski to serve as the President of the Council. The necessary formal arrangements related to his appointment are to be concluded soon. Additionally, the Council issued a positive evaluation of the 2017 FINA Performance Report
At the session, the Councilmembers also discussed the directions of growth for the Institute, formed in 2017 through the merger of the National Film Archive and the National Audiovisual Institute. FINA Executive Director Dariusz Wieromiejczyk outlined three areas that formed the foundation of the Institute’s mission: archiving Polish audiovisual heritage, with particular emphasis on film and paracinema, dissemination of collected resources combined with educational outreach, and culture-forming efforts including film co-production. Expert discussions held at the session also confirmed that in order to carry out its key missions, the FINA needed to establish a system for archiving its resources and collections, including a separate archives building that would meet all the modern storage and preservation standards.